Freya’s Bower online

March 8, 2006 at 7:03 am | Posted in The Good | 1 Comment

Freya’s Bower is officially online. It’s been a rollercoaster ride with more twists and screams than Magic Mountain’s Batman, but it’s finally up. (Breathing a sigh of relief.) Now, I am back to WCP editing for the March issue.

Did I mention the Fairytale Contest WCP is sponsoring? We are open for submissions now. Be sure to read the submission guidelines for the contest. πŸ™‚

WC

Sleep… the final frontier

March 3, 2006 at 11:16 am | Posted in The Good, The Ugly | 1 Comment

It’s almost three am in La-La-Land. I am exhausted, but getting ready to take a shower. Little miss wouldn’t go down tonight without me. Cling… Cling… Cling… I know why, though. Today, I went to the Y and left her in daycare while I swam. She did not like that at all. After about 1/2 hour – forty minutes, they came to get me because she was crying on and off with very little stop. This was not the first time I have taken her there. We went on Wednesday, and I sat with her in the daycare for an hour and a half to see if she would get used to it and the people who work there, who are very nice, by the way. She was fine, provided I was there. The second I stepped out, she began crying. I really thought she was going to be okay today because after I sat down with her for a while, she left my lap and headed for the toys, bringing them back to me, and then, she just stopped bringing them back.

Next time we go, I will go earlier and spend a little longer in daycare with her. Of course, she did this with my MIL when we first started taking her over there. Well, she only cried a little as she was familiar with my MIL. Now when I say, “Do you want to go to Grandma’s”, she shakes with excitement and races me to the car. LOL

Freya’s Bower is accepting submissions. What are we looking for? Well, here are our guidelines:

Submission Guidelines

Please read these guidelines thoroughly before you submit any work to Freya’s Bower.

Freya’s Bower is a non-subsidy publishing house. We are not a vanity press or self-publishing site. We pay royalties of 40% on electronic formats. Currently, we do not print publish. There is no charge to authors.

We publish erotica and romantica. New writers as well as cross-genre experimental styles and short story collections are welcome.

What we want:

  1. Plot driven romances with happy, or at the very least hopeful, endings and varying degrees of sex, depending on the classification of the story. (Sweet, Tangy, Spicy, or Sizzling — links)
  2. Heroes and heroines we can relate to. We want to see an arc of development in the characters throughout the story. Shorter stories must be tightly crafted for this reason.
  3. Sex scenes must be relevant to the plot and organic to the story. If a scene can work without sex, then the sex isn’t necessary and best left out.
  4. Light bondage. This is acceptable as long as all parties are willing.
  5. Titillating, passionate, well-written gay, lesbian and heterosexual stories.
  6. We prefer third person stories.

We do not accept:

  1. Pornography (The difference between porn, erotica, and romantica – include links)
  2. Works promoting hatred of any kind (racial, sexism, or homophobia included)
  3. Violence not pertinent to the story line.
  4. Excessive profanity. We understand that some types of erotica require a certain amount of profanity. However, we do not want every thought, dialogue scene, or descriptive scene overloaded with it. We are looking for classy erotica, not porn.
  5. Yellow showers or defecation. That is not erotic.
  6. No beastiality, not including with shapeshifters in their human form.
  7. No rape for the sake of shock value. Remember, we are interested in sex between two consenting adults.
  8. No sex involving minors.
  9. No necrophilia.
  10. Manuscripts littered with poor grammar, misspellings, and excessive typos. Do not rely on your computer’s spell/grammar check. It does make mistakes.
  11. For us to accept a first person story, it has to be spectacular. We prefer third person stories.
  12. Although cunt is used in erotic fiction, we at Freya’s Bower don’t like the word because it’s one of the most derogatory words for female genitalia (and more porn than erotica). Try not to use it much, but if you do, be sure it’s used in an appropriate fashion.

How to submit:

  1. The first step is to send a query letter with a 1-2 paragraph synopsis of your work and the first chapter of the manuscript. If we like the synopsis and first chapter, we will request a ‘partial’. This is the first three chapters, or approximately 50 pages, of your book. If you send us a partial before we request it, it will be rejected and returned. You obviously haven’t read our submission guidelines.
  2. The work must be completed in its entirety. We do not take proposals for books that have yet to be written.
  3. No simultaneous submissions. We will do our best to respond within 8-12 weeks. If we are reading work submitted elsewhere that another publisher has already accepted, you have just wasted our time.
  4. Our standards are high. We expect submissions to be of a professional quality. Anything you submit must be edited and polished. Submissions with numerous grammatical and spellings errors will be rejected on the spot. If you do not take the time to catch such errors, you are not serious about writing professionally. If you are uncertain about grammar, consult one of the many online websites (see our reference page) or invest in a good reference book. A good dictionary can be your best friend when it comes to spelling and is a vital tool for any serious author. Do not rely only on your word processor’s spell check and grammar program.
  5. All works must be in English at this time.
  6. You will be notified of our decision in 8-12 weeks, time allowing.

Formatting

  1. Double-space your manuscript. Include a header with the title of the book, your name and numbered pages. Indent each new paragraph .5 inches. Start each chapter on a new page. If there is a scene break within a chapter, indicate it with a centered ***.
  2. All first submissions must include:
    1. your full name, a pseudonym if used,
    2. a query letter,
    3. a brief synopsis, subject or genre,
    4. the first chapter,
    5. and be in the body of the email
    6. ‘Submission’ must be in the subject line,
    7. Mail submission to mgbaun@wildchildpublishing.com. Please include “Submissions for Freya’s Bower” in the subject line.
  3. Should we request a partial, attach an RTF or text file to the email. We will not accept pdf, html, Word, WordPerfect, or any other files besides the two listed above. Include all 50 pages/3 chapters in one file. Name the file an abbreviated title of your book. So, if your novel is titled The Long Journey Home, your file name would be something like ljhome.rtf or ljhome.txt. Include your full name, address, title of manuscript, and length in the file.

We do not accept any pornography, works promoting hatred of any kind (racial, sexism or homophobia included), violence or profanity not pertinent to the story line.

Word counts:

Short stories: 10,000-15,000 words

Novellas: 15,001-30,000 words

Category: 30,001-45,000 words

Novels: 45,001-70,000

Plus Novels: 70,001-100,000 words

Humongous Novels: 100,000 or more words

We are strictly an online publisher. All communications will be made via email.

All works submitted must be your original creation, free of all legal constraints. In other words, you must own all copyright and publishing rights to your book. You cannot have a contract with another publisher on submitted work. If the work has been previously published, we will only accept it if the rights have reverted to you. Unless otherwise agreed upon, Freya’s Bower retains the rights to publish a print copy for sale should Freya’s Bower ever decide to move into print publishing. Should this happen, royalties will be re-negotiated.

All books accepted for publishing by Freya’s Bower will be subject to editing. If you are not open to suggestions and/or recommendations, do not submit. However, we will keep British quotes and spelling provided it is consistent throughout the work.

End Sub Guides

Needless to say, I am tired. I have been running on adrenaline for over a week now as I work feverishly to have Freya’s Bower online by March 5th. In less than three days, we open. Wow! That’s pretty amazing! Every spar minute has been spent working on FB. Usually, I have a couple hours (four or five as I have been crashing at 1 am) at night after Aurora goes to bed to work. I use every second of it.

In other news, WCP now has five new e-books in the editing process. Two are about two or three months from publication. One should be ready to go by April. I’m not sure about the other two. I will have to check with Faith, the editor.

Okay. She stirs. (sigh) I need to shower.

Ciao!

WC

Freya’s Bower

March 1, 2006 at 4:45 am | Posted in The Good | Leave a comment

Freya’s Bower is online in just a few days. I am working frantically with my staff to have it ready to go. The website graphics and design are pretty damn good, if I may say so. πŸ™‚ Our graphic artist is amazing. We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber designing for us.

A sneak peak for all of you. One graphic, while beautiful, we have another one that outshines her… if you can believe it.

Here she is… Freya:

Freya's Bower

Money for your stories, articles, and poems? Yup. It can happen.

January 28, 2006 at 2:22 am | Posted in The Good, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Hey all you WordPress writers out there. I thought I’d let you know that WC has increased our payment to the winner of the Editors’ Choice Award. We are now awarding four Editors’ Choice Awards: one for the best fiction piece ($25), one for the best non-fiction piece ($25), one for the best poem ($15), and one for the best piece written by a young adult writer (13-22 years old). So, if you write, you may want to submit to WC. Be sure to read the submission guidelines before submitting.

Remember, if you are interested in learning how to write sex scenes, Faith teaches an awesome workshop on this very subject. And Shawn, SRHowen, teaches a workshop on writing highly effective synopses with a bonus class on a get-you-noticed query letter. The workshops are very affordable ($65) and not taught anywhere else.

Also, we will be launching our sister site, Freya’s Bower, in March. It is a romantica, erotica publishing company. We already have established authors interested in publishing with us as well as our first ebook of short erotica, romantica stories titled Woman of Unknown Origins. It will be about 45,000 words of seven or eight short stories sure to heat up any cold night or infuse passion into your marriage.

WC

WC Writing Workshops

January 10, 2006 at 7:56 am | Posted in The Good | 2 Comments

Yup, we up and did it, people. We are now offering two writing workshops:

The Ins and Outs of Writing Sex Scenes — taught by Faith.

and

After “The End” or Synopses Suck, but they don’t have to. — taught by SR Howen.

It’s cool. We’re excited. We can take both credit card and PayPal. And they are reasonably priced: $65 for a four week course. Cool, eh? LOL We think so. Just follow the links for more info.

WC

The eBooks section has arrived!

January 3, 2006 at 4:35 am | Posted in The Good, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Two years and several servers after our first attempt to make eBooks available through WC is open for business. The first grouping of eBooks we are offering are 12 Moon Journals, one for each zodiac sign. I am in the process of editing another eBook we’ve accepted for publication and I believe a few of our other editors have MS’s waiting for them to look over. If you have a manuscript you think WC might be interested in publishing, take a look at our submission guidelines for ebooks. Be sure to read it over carefully. It saves everyone time.

As for me and my Christmas? All turned out well. Aurora came home with a pirate’s treasure. She is now enjoying her toys. My sister, the one in the car accident, didn’t get a DUI, is alive and at home. She has vowed off of alcohol and is clean and sober… at least for the time being. I will keep sending her energy and light to support her desire to stay away from alcohol.

News Years was quiet. We stayed in and off the roads, probably the best idea. We did go out for dinner, though, and traffic was very light, surprisingly.

Okay. I have a list of items I want to accomplish. I’ll be around later.

WC

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2006 at 5:21 pm | Posted in The Good | 2 Comments

Another year has arrived. Did you make any resolutions? Will you keep them? πŸ˜€

WC

A new day

December 26, 2005 at 9:53 am | Posted in The Good | 2 Comments

Wild Child is moving to a new server. I am not sure if I have blogged about this here. Gee, I have so many blogs, you’d think I’d know. LOL Well, even if I have, I am going to repeat this anyway. It bears repeating. WC is moving to a new server. This new server allows us to have an online store, sell ebooks, etc. Well, others would too, but not with the programs I have chosen to run on WC. Not only will we be selling ebooks come January 1st, but we will have a “line” of workshops. It’s rather exciting. πŸ™‚ And we will be adding a line of romantica ebooks under another name. That is in the works still, though, as we debate on names as well as what type of romantica.

It’s a new day for WC. But it’s also a new day for my sister. She has been an alcoholic for many years. On December 23rd, Sis was in an automobile accident due to driving drunk that broke one ankle and tore the ligaments in the other. When I have the photos on my laptop or easily accessible, I will post some. You will see from these photos that she is lucky to be alive. She knows this and has decided that she no longer needs to drink. Will she keep this vow? Judging from the conviction in her voice and the congruency of her body language to what she was saying, I would put my money on her. πŸ™‚ I will send her white light and love to support her new beginning.

That’s the beautiful thing about new days: we can start anew at any time. What we have done in the past, for the most part, does not have to be our future. With commitment to change, we can move forward in our lives, creating something beautiful… if we choose to do so. The choice lies with us.

So, I celebrate this day. It is a day of wonder, a day of possibilities, a day of new beginnings.

Yes, today is a new day.

Seven hours of sleep? I’m in heaven!

December 12, 2005 at 5:50 pm | Posted in The Good | 1 Comment

Last night, my daughter slept for eight hours straight. Now, that may not seem like much to you, but she has never done that before. Since her birth in July of 2004, I have been lucky if I sleep six hours straight. Some nights, it’s four then an hour then an hour then an hour then… until we rise. By the end of the week, I am exhausted and a bit bitchy. πŸ˜€ It’s not her fault. She has nightmares, but also, when she was first born, she didn’t latch to the breast quickly which resulted in her having jaundice. The midwife told me to wake her every two hours to nurse until she healed. So, last night was a milestone… maybe. We’ll see if it continues. I am crossing my fingers because I feel great! LOLOL

The tree I promised a picture of? Well, here it is. I never found the tree topper, and the photo includes the family, but you at least get to see the tree, which doesn’t look nearly as decorated or as pretty as it is. (sigh) Be that as it may, it’s how it’s going to stay. πŸ˜‰

Christmas 2005

We had an interesting experience with Wild Child. It’s not the first time it’s happened. You know, when a person submits to a magazine, he/she should expect to have their story edited or to receive editing suggestions. If they are a serious writer and want to be published, you follow the suggestions, unless they completely destroy the story. Most editors, though, make suggestions with the intent of enhancing or improving the story. Inexperienced authorsΒ  don’t understand this. They become so attached to the piece that they believe no one else knows what they are talking about when it comes to the story. These authors are accustomed to hearing their friends and family tell them how wonderful the piece is. That’s fine, but if you want to be published, you have to be willing to listen to critiques with an open mind. If you can’t, you are in the wrong business.

Being an artist is not an easy life. (By artist, I mean singer, painter, writer, sculpter, etc.) The biggest challenge in an artist’s life, I believe, is learning to let go. It’s hard, I know, but it has to be done if the artist desires to do well.

In any case, this is not the first time we have had an author respond this way, although it is rare. I am sure it won’t be the last. It’s just a part of publishing.

Well, folks, it’s time to make breakfast.

WC

Theme tree or hodgepodge tree?

December 7, 2005 at 3:54 am | Posted in The Good, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

That’s what I ask you. Which do you prefer? My preference is definitely a hodgepodge tree. My reasons are many, but the main one is that on a hodgepodge tree, there is always something new to discover. I have known a number of people over the years who do themed trees. While quite pretty, they just don’t do it for me. But then, I grew up on the hodgepodge tree.

One year, my sister had a themed tree. She was into the Victorian that year. (It was the early 90’s after all.) She spent quite a bit of money on the ornaments and bows for her 7′ tree. It was very pretty, but it’s not the same. When I have finished decorating mine, I will post a picture. I think adding a red bead garland adds a certain panache to the tree as well, making it seem richer than it actually is. LOL I am still in the process of putting that on. As we have our tree backed up to our built-in bookcase, it’s not easy reaching around the back alone. The last thing I have to do is find my tree topper. It’s somewhere in the storage bins. I just haven’t found it yet. πŸ˜‰

My husband bought a new digital camera Sunday. While there was nothing wrong, per se, with our old one, it was about three years old and seemed to be getting slower with every passing photo. Adults might be willing to smile for four or five seconds, but a child with a play agenda on her mind is not. With our old camera, I was almost always just missing that smile and catching the side of her head. LOL This one is much faster. I am still playing with the camera, but I like it much more than the old one. What is it? A Canon A620. It may not have the 10x optical zoom of our old camera, but it is 7.1 megapixels and very slick and easy to use. And, it was cheaper than our old one when we bought it new. Don’t get me wrong. Our old one was a great camera for its time (Olympus C-700) and was wonderful to have with us on our honeymoon in Tahiti. There were several places where the optical zoom was a nice bonus, but now? Now, we need something with a little more zip, higher megapixels and more compact. The view finder is also larger on the Canon. I am enjoying the new toy. LOL Of course, my husband, Mr. Gadget Boy, was beside himself with excitement. LOLOL

Some photos from the new camera:

The Tongue Brigade

The tongue brigade
Smiling with Daddy
Daddy and baby
Sweet, huh? πŸ™‚

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